Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

passementerie

Definition:(noun) Ornamental trimming for a garment, as braid, lace, or metallic beads.
Synonyms:trim
Usage: The passementerie on her hat was so elaborate that it made the brim droop.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Constructing Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are made up of a verb + a preposition or an adverbial particle, and their meaning is uniquely tied to each particular combination. What is a particle? More...
Article of the Day

The Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are a network of subterranean tunnels and rooms located in Roman-era limestone quarries that were converted into a mass tomb at the end of the 18th century to curb the spread of disease due to improper burials and mass graves. Today, only a small portion of the catacombs, which span more than 186 miles, is open to the public, but many enter them illegally via secret entrances found throughout Paris. Why were the catacombs closed to the public in 2009? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Dogger Bank (1781)

The Battle of Dogger Bank was a naval battle that took place in the North Sea during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, which broke out over Dutch trade with Britain's enemies during the American Revolution. The battle is therefore considered part of the American War of Independence. The clash began after the British spotted and began to chase a Dutch merchant fleet being escorted by a convoy of warships. Both sides suffered significant casualties during the three-hour skirmish. Who emerged the victor? More...
Today's Birthday

Guy de Maupassant (1850)

Maupassant was a 19th-century French writer considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protégé of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant wrote with a simplicity, clarity, and objective calm that echoed the style of his mentor. He first gained attention with "Boule de Suif," or "Ball of Fat," and eventually published about 300 short stories, many of which are said to be unsurpassed in their genre. Why did Maupassant often dine at the restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

cushy job

A job that is easy, stress free, and/or very well paid. More...
Today's Holiday

Natal Day in Nova Scotia (2019)

Several of Canada's provinces observe a holiday on the first Monday in August. In Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and throughout the province, this day is known as Natal Day in celebration of the municipality's birthday. In Halifax there is a concert and a fireworks show at Angus L. Macdonald Bridge in the harbor. Dartmouth, a neighbor city, has in past years hosted its own fireworks show at Lake Banook Cove. It also hosts the Dartmouth Natal Day Road Race, a running competition held since 1907. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: research

disquisition - A diligent or systematic search, a thorough investigation or research. More...

primary source - A direct source of information or research, a document not emended by a third party. More...

secondary source - Information or research that is derivative, such as a comment by a historian, an encyclopedia article, or a critical essay. More...

Rh factor - Named for the rhesus monkeys used in research to identify blood types. More...

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